Romare Bearden Revealed

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On his first release for Marsalis Music, his signature label, Branford Marsalis deployed his quartet to present an homage to the legacy of jazz modernism, with extended investigations of John Coltrane's "Love Supreme" and Sonny Rollins's "Freedom Suite," as well as pithy romps through Ornette Coleman's "Giggin' " and John Lewis's "Concorde." With the relaxed follow-up, Romare Bearden Revealed, Marsalis tips his hat to the Harlem Renaissance with blues-drenched sonic analogs to nine paintings by the seminal midcentury African-American artist, and in so doing, broadens his scope in interesting ways. Marsalis explicitly refers to Bearden’s collagist techniques in the ...
See more details below
CD
$13.54
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $4.86   
  • New (2) from $12.68   
  • Used (4) from $4.86   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
On his first release for Marsalis Music, his signature label, Branford Marsalis deployed his quartet to present an homage to the legacy of jazz modernism, with extended investigations of John Coltrane's "Love Supreme" and Sonny Rollins's "Freedom Suite," as well as pithy romps through Ornette Coleman's "Giggin' " and John Lewis's "Concorde." With the relaxed follow-up, Romare Bearden Revealed, Marsalis tips his hat to the Harlem Renaissance with blues-drenched sonic analogs to nine paintings by the seminal midcentury African-American artist, and in so doing, broadens his scope in interesting ways. Marsalis explicitly refers to Bearden’s collagist techniques in the way he juxtaposes different ensembles and configurations for dynamic contrast. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis joins the mix on his own "J Mood," a Milesian blues from the '80s; on drummer Jeff Watts's "Laughin' and Talkin' [With Higg]," a smoking free-form blues in the manner of the Sonny Rollins–Don Cherry quartet of the early '60s; and on a detailed arrangement of Jelly Roll Morton's "Jungle Blues," performed by the remaining Marsalis family musicians (Jason, drums; Delfeayo, trombone; and Ellis, the family patriarch, on piano). Guitarist Doug Wamble, a Marsalis Music artist, augments the quintet on Duke Ellington's "Slappin' Seventh Avenue" and a Sidney Bechet–inflected Branford original entitled "B's Paris Blues," and takes an unaccompanied solo on his own original “Autumn Lamp.” Marsalis conjures Bechet’s ghost on James P. Johnson’s “Carolina Shout" in a romping soprano-piano duo with Harry Connick Jr., a longtime family friend who released an instrumental quartet session on the label earlier this year. The quartet is alternately mellow (Bearden’s “Seabreeze”) and intense (“Steppin’ on the Blues”), and the eldest Marsalis brother is in fine form, playing both the tenor and soprano with rounded tone and melodic inspiration. A fine recording, with depth and substance.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Conceptualized around the visionary paintings of Harlem-born artist Romare Bearden 1911-1988, saxophonist Branford Marsalis' Romare Bearden Revealed celebrates the obvious as well as the less tangible connections between the jazz Bearden loved and the artwork it inspired. Reflectively performing some of the songs Bearden co-opted as titles for paintings, Marsalis also includes original compositions inspired by the bluesy, organic quality inherent in Bearden's art. Featuring his working quartet of pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, the album also includes appearances by the whole Marsalis family. Brother Wynton Marsalis revisits his post-bop "J Mood" from his 1985 album of the same name, which featured cover art by Bearden. The trumpeter also keeps things bawdy with some brilliant plunger work on a live recording of Jelly Roll Morton's "Jungle Blues." Similarly, "B's Paris Blues" finds Branford turning his trademark soprano sax to the 1961 Bearden work Paris Blues, celebrating the beauty and ennui of American black musicians who expatriated to France for artistic and social freedom. Even Harry Connick, Jr. drops by for a lithe and soulful stride duet on James P. Johnson's "Carolina Shout." Perhaps most compelling, though, is guitarist Doug Wamble's solo turn on "Autumn Lamp." Inspired by Beardens' 1981 rural vision of a blues guitarist playing by himself under the glow of candle lamp, Wamble utilizes a resonator guitar with a slide, calling to mind Mississippi Fred McDowell's version of "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" perhaps Bearden's inspiration as well?. From one great artist to another, this is an earthy and accessible homage.
All About Jazz
Branford and his quartet are in their usual tight form with impeccable, authentic performances that bring Bearden’s art to sound.

Branford and his quartet are in their usual tight form with impeccable, authentic performances that bring Bearden’s art to sound.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • UPC: 011661330627
  • Catalog Number: 613306
  • Sales rank: 17,174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (With the Sole of My Shoe) (2:03)
  2. 2 Jungle Blues (8:49)
  3. 3 Seabreeze (6:13)
  4. 4 J Mood (10:48)
  5. 5 B's Paris Blues (4:30)
  6. 6 Autumn Lamp (2:54)
  7. 7 Steppin' on the Blues (4:53)
  8. 8 Autumn Lamp (2:52)
  9. 9 Carolina Shout (2:36)
  10. 10 I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (2:01)
  11. 11 Laughin' & Talkin' (10:41)
  12. 12 Seabreeze (6:13)
  13. 13 B's Paris Blues (4:27)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Branford Marsalis Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Connick Jr. Piano
Joey Calderazzo Piano
Ellis Marsalis Piano
Reginald Veal Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
Delfeayo Marsalis Trombone
Jason Marsalis Drums
Eric Revis Bass
Doug Wamble Guitar
Technical Credits
James P. Johnson Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Tommy Ladnier Composer
Jeff "Tain" Watts Composer
Lovie Austin Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Larry Douglas Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Branford Marsalis Composer, Producer
Wynton Marsalis Composer
Fred Norman Composer
Jimmy O'Bryant Composer
Gregg Rubin Engineer
Bob Blumenthal Executive Producer
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Rob "Wacko" Hunter Engineer
Henry Nemo Composer
Romare Bearden Composer, Artwork
Doug Wamble Composer
Robert O'Meally Liner Notes
Rommie Bearden Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously